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Re: Repeators in Space



When you mention the fact of placing machines in space, I think that has
already been done. Now I think the fact that placing a machine on a fixed
object, like the Moon or an asteroid, vs keeping the machine "afloat" in a
predictable orbit & unattached (ie: artificial satellite) personally has no
advantage for people here on Earth.

If you place a repeater on the Moon, you're increasing the distance between
the Earth and the repeater (vs the distance of an OSCAR in an elliptical
orbit). Also by placing a repeater on the Moon, you totally lose control of
the object and are subject to the movements of the Moon, which although
predictable, are uncontrollable.

The only advantage for this "repeater" on the Moon would be for people
living on the Moon.  Unless I'm missing the point here that it's not the
fact that this idea is not practical, but that it can be done under
difficult circumstances.

___________________________
Ramon Gonzalez
Tampa Bay, Florida


----- Original Message -----
From: "Steve Howland" <showland9@home.com>
To: "AMSAT" <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Monday, December 24, 2001 4:28 AM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Repeators in Space


 >
 > Hope to get some comment going about this , but I have been wondering :
how
 > long did it take a signal to reach the moon from earth or vice versa
during
 > the Apollo missions ?  As well, how long does it take a signal to reach
our
 > Mars probes and landers that we have had ?  Do you think it might be
 > possible in future missions to place machines in space that would act as
 > repeaters between distant places so that we might cut or eliminate the
time
 > that it takes for a signal to reach earth ?  From listening to Sputnik 41
,
 > I understand that there were amazing things that could be done with just
500
 > miliwatts while it was in our orbit.  Just think what we might do with
such
 > a "space buoy " like a 30 or 50 watt-er placed between us and some distant
 > location.
 > Every dream has to be born some place.  These are the thoughts that lead
to
 > invention, don't you think ?
 >     73' and Merry Christmas
 >      de ' KF4FQT
 >
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